Book Review ~ Resumes for Children: 17 Years Old and Under

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Resumes For Children: 17 Years Old and Under

Ever thought of your child having a resume? If your answer is “no” think again. Your child can participate in these “out of the box” activities to begin to build a great resume.

Choosing activities that provide your child with life skills as well as build character is a key element to their success. Documenting those activities is also a key element to their success. Why? Keeping before them a present visual reminder of their activities, accomplishments, etc., gives encouragement, pride in what they do and have done. It also allows them to see how well they have progressed over the years. In other words, you will assist your child in “behaving” their way to success.

With your child’s résumé you can:

  • Use it to accompany an application into an academic program.
  • Use it to seek sponsorship from friends and family ~ obtain OPM (other people’s money) to pay for activities.
  • Use it to seek grants and scholarships.

OUR REVIEW:

I thought this was such an interesting book. Before being presented this book I honestly never thought of having a resume for children. But now I see how far this can take a child. You can use this book from toddlers to teenage years. Yes I said toddlers! I think this is a great way to get children thinking. I mean maybe your toddler is not going to write a resume like an older child but you can definitely use some prompts and ask your toddler questions to get them thinking of what they would like to do and become! For example in the toddler years you can ask children to list activities that they are good at and would like to do…this can range from playing blocks to taking dancing lessons. Eventually applying these things to a resume that the child will build.

But enough about a toddlers view… this book will work really well for an older child! This is great to get the child thinking outside of the ordinary…the child is taught how to use the things they have done in their lives (school, camps, odd jobs) and add them to a working resume. The children can then present their resume to anyone who would like to know more about them…perhaps the child would like a summer job …well a resume is a great way to introduce themselves. Perhaps your child is trying to earn money to go to summer camp…then a resume is a great way to introduce who the child is and what the child can and will do… There are endless possibilities to the unique situations that this book can be used!

As a mother I love this book! As a high school teacher and college professor I think this is also great for the high school student! Introduce them to this book at a young age and get them started on writing and honing their resume and they will not be at a loss when it comes to applying to scholarships for college!

You can find out more about the book here:

http://www.resumesforchildren.com/

 

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12 comments

  1. Donna says:

    Interesting… I definitely wouldn’t have ever thought of a resume for a toddler. :)

  2. I’d never thought of a resume for my toddlers. Interesting.

  3. It’s interesting and maybe necessary in today’s times, but there’s always a part of that just says let kids be kids while they can.

  4. Penelope says:

    Wow, that IS out of the box, lol…a resume for little kids.

  5. Professor says:

    Liz ~ I am certainly for letting kids be kids.. but I thought this was an interesting way to get kids thinking critically and just have them think differently when they are playing…I certainly am not saying get your toddler a job!

  6. I think I like the exercise of writing it, not sure about how I feel that they might need one…

  7. Good learning aspect of it all, I am writing my daughters resume as I write! :-)

  8. Marcie W. says:

    I think learning how to write and create a proper resume at an early age is a super important tool for the future.

  9. Yeah…No. I think this is ridiculous. Unless the child is seeking sponsorship or something, but then I think the child should write a personal letter to whomever their asking for support. Although, getting into this mindset would help them I suppose in preparing for a future work etc.

    But I mean…what-ever happened to just letting kids be kids?

  10. Melissa Au says:

    This is definitely an odd concept. I think its a little early.

  11. Professor says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments! … putting aside that it might be too early fo “some ” children… what do you think of older children (high school) having a resume?

  12. Abby says:

    The comments are great, but I think I would rather my child have a resume than have them being handed birth control at school without parents knowing – to me that is too grown up and not letting kids be kids! I like the resume idea.

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